Electric Racecar Burns Down Las Vegas Strip [video]
With exotic car companies rolling out all sorts of hybrid technologies, it is apparent that efficiency is becoming an ever-increasing element of performance and motorsport. More proof of that is the all new Formula E racing series, which is looking more and more like the real deal every day that passes. The latest example is this video, of a Formula E racecar, tearing down the Las Vegas strip. It’s not a very long video, but it tells a lot.
The car is being piloted by Lucas di Grassi, a former Formula 1 driver. He campaigned with Virgin Racing in the 2010 Formula 1 season, and since then has been a test driver for Pirelli’s Formula 1 tire program. You have to be a seasoned and skilled driver to be a tire tester– it is one of the most crucial, yet nuanced, elements of a racecar.
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The gentleman who greets him at the end of the video is Formula E founder Alejandro Agag. The former Spanish politician is a very active businessman, and is heavily involved in a number of telecoms, energy and media corporations. In 2007, the New York Times named him one of the ten “movers and shakers” in the Spanish economy. His involvement in this new racing series is a great sign of its potential for success.
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But why does Formula E matter? Race organizers think that the awareness of electric vehicle performance displayed by F-E will increase electric vehicle sales. The technological developments made by the teams involved in this series can eventually make their way to road cars, making EVs of the future more efficient and less expensive. When we say “racing improves the breed,” this is what we are talking about.